Rezoning denied for huge Domain-like project in suburbs


One of the biggest blended use regions proposed project in the Austin metro is remaining in a precarious situation.

Leander City Council on Sept. 3 denied a rezoning demand for District 2243, a 290-section of land blended-use advancement that could bring a large number of condo units and a great many square feet of business space to the Williamson County suburb. The measure of multifamily advancement in the locale was a staying point for authorities.


The rezoning solicitation project would have transformed the property into an arranged unit advancement or PUD, yet a fraying connection between the engineers and city staff members — alongside hardened restriction from Mayor Troy Hill — has spoiled the aggressive plans.

Region 2243 would be situated close to the convergence of Ronald Reagan Boulevard and Hero Way and would highlight four small scale locale associated with a system of trails and green spaces. The locale was intended to be walker cordial and highlight shopping, huge corporate workplaces, wellbeing, and health region and a particular live-workplace that would intermix excellent private alternatives all through. More than six stages, 3.35 million square feet of business space was arranged.

The rezoning forswearing strikes a hit to designer JNK Properties. The landowner and candidate for District 2243 had proposed speculation of about $2 billion for the task, without any appropriations being mentioned. The advancement group gauges the task could produce $51 million in yearly property charges upon finishing, alongside $29 million in yearly income for Leander Independent School District and $11 million for the city.

At a certain point during the Sept. 3 gathering, Mayor Hill set forth a movement to affirm business qualifications for District 2243 however not the arrangement’s multifamily components — a move city authorities proposed would permit the engineer to pursue noteworthy corporate customers. Yet, the project’s territory use lawyer, Jeff Howard of McLean and Howard LLP, pushed back on the thought.

“With the proposed movement that is on the table, we would restrict that,” Howard said. “We would not be steady of that, and we would take a gander at our neighborhood fight rights.”

After further conversation and a concise spell in leader meeting, Council reappeared and Hill eliminated his movement. In its place, Council collectively denied the solicitation submitted to staff.

Howard in a Sept. 4 proclamation communicated dissatisfaction at the “unforeseen refusal” of the rezoning demand, noticing that the undertaking lines up with Leander’s “expressed financial objectives of drawing in businesses and building a business charge base.”

Howard further recommended that any effective blended-use venture on the site should incorporate an “adjusted and fittingly planned” multifamily segment.

“We trust that later on the City will work with the landowner of this mind-blowing opportunity site to help zoning of the property that works for everybody – which fundamentally incorporates the landowner,” Howard said. “The landowner positively stays open to a helpful future exchange.”


Effect on other ‘Area like’ project ventures

The rezoning dismissal of District 2243 once again introduces worries that blended-use exhaustion could be setting in over the metro. Dallas-based Presidium Group LLC, for instance, confronted a rush of pushback as it worked to rezone land in East Austin for its rambling 4700 East Riverside improvement.

Furthermore, worries over huge blended-use project have just raised as sublease space has overwhelmed the business land market since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. In July, Cushman and Wakefield said accessible sublease space in the market had expanded by 40% during the pandemic.

Leander city pioneers have for quite some time been careful about multifamily lodging. The committee in July 2019 even sought after a statute that would have required multifamily lodging to be worked with 100% workmanship with an end goal to slow loft development. The city has another marquee blended-use advancement, Northline, where 2,000 lofts and several apartments are relied upon to go with more than 1 million square feet of business improvement by 2031.

At approximately 10 units for each section of land, District 2243 would be less thick than almost every other major blended-use region in the metro, as per a correlation set up by the advancement group. The Domain, for example, highlights 6,000 multifamily units across 330 sections of land — 18.2 units per section of land. Northline would have 19.2 units per section of land, as indicated by the examination.

Subsequent to getting pushback from Council prior this late spring, JNK Properties really diminished the proposed number of multifamily units at District 2243, to around 3,000.

Engineer concessions

The engineer consented to a private top attached to a business area focus for each period of the turn of events however as arrangements proceeded, city archives show, the different sides weren’t close on where those tops should fall. JNK Properties had in July proposed a first stage with 20,000 business square feet and 350 multifamily units, with four extra stages that would eventually bring the area up to 725,000 square feet of business space and 3,050 units.

Leander city staff members countered with a suggestion that included the first stage with at least 333,000 business square feet matched with 300 multifamily units, an increase to a possible 999,000 square feet of business square feet, and only 1,000 multifamily units project.

While JNK Properties presented an updated staging plan July 30 that finished out at 725,000 business square feet and 2,950 multifamily units, it turned out to be clear as the Sept. 3 gathering advanced that the different sides stayed far separated on exchanges. Slope drove the restriction to District 2243, recommending that with around 10,000 lofts units as of now in the pipeline in Leander, the city wasn’t in desperate need of all the more multifamily units. He proposed the city’s occupants have unequivocally said they don’t need all the more multifamily lodging in the city.

Slope additionally seemed irritated that the improvement group was not demonstrating proof of agreeing to the city’s longing for more prominent business parts.

“You don’t highlight the multifamily, but then it appears as though that is the main thing you have,” Hill said. “You have not brought one single client. Do you have one single client?”

Howard said the advancement group has made sure about at any rate one letter of aim for a business occupant. In a different meeting prior to Sept. 3, he said the project has drawn bunches of intrigue “fundamentally in the clinical domain.”

The designer had consented to put aside in any event 53 sections of land for a business place — Howard referred to corporate clients in monetary administrations, innovation, and clinical administrations as ideal grapple occupants.

Structure monster Gensler is behind the project’s arranging and design. Bleyl is accomplishing the building work. Howard affirmed Sept. 3 that two additional accomplices have been added to the task: Jones Lang LaSalle and UCR Development is ready to help market the area.

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